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The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Press Freedom & Censorship

Americans have never been more reliant on students to bring them the day's news. We make sure students can fearlessly share ideas and information free from retaliation.

School Transparency

We're shining a spotlight in the dark crevices of campuses where financial mismanagement and safety hazards hide. Citizen engagement starts with open, accountable government.

Civic Participation

Students want a say in education policy, and policymakers need to hear their unique perspective. We help young people use their voices to advocate for social change.

Online Citizenship

The SPLC advocates for sensible, non-punitive responses to online incivility, with curriculum based on the skills, ethics and values of journalism instead of expulsions and arrests.

Ask for Legal Help

Complete this online form to submit a media law question or report censorship to the SPLC.

Open Record Letter Generator

Submitting an open records request is easy with our fully automated, fill-in-the-blanks state open records law letter generator.

Recent News Read our most recent news and blog posts

Student satire publication lost funding, put on probation after article on sexual harassment

A university administrator cited Title IX as justification for censoring the satirical article, but the university's harsh discipline measures might be illegal. 

Student suspended for two-word sarcastic tweet to receive $425,000 in settlement

The former high school student who tweeted "Actually yeah" in response to an anonymous charge that he had made out with a female teacher will receive hundreds of thousands in a federal court settlement. 

Protecting student journalists in Michigan

The SPLC spoke with Jeremy Steele who is heading up the effort in Michigan to pass meaningful legislation that guarantees the rights of student journalists.

High school journalists slapped with an $8,800 FOIA bill

The high school newspaper ultimately narrowed its request and received some documents for free, but reporters are still frustrated at the high price tag and their inability to receive the bulk of the information they wanted. 

Missouri student photographer recognized as a First Amendment Defender

Tim Tai, who was captured on a viral video defending his First Amendment rights against a no-media policy, was named the recipient of the First Amendment Defender Award.

Connecticut high court rules that reports of teacher misconduct are open record

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that it is too broad to exempt any evaluatory records of university faculty from disclosure.

Know Your RightsFind answers to all your legal questions

Taking photos and shooting video at protests, demonstrations and crime scenes

College campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods regularly are the scene of mass public gatherings, some celebratory and some enraged, some planned and some spontaneous.

First Amendment and Censorship FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about a student’s right to a free press.

Freedom of Information FAQs

The Student Press Law Center answers your most frequently asked questions about open records and open meetings.

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